Dorothy Mae VanCleve, 80, of Fredericksburg, went home to be with the Lord on Monday, March 1, 2010.
Miss VanCleve was born in North Liberty, PA to Hiram and Lois VanCleve. She graduated from Houghton College in 1951 and later received her Master’s from East Tennessee State. Miss VanCleve was a teacher in North Carolina, Tennessee and Indiana. Her teaching career lasted 43 years. She was loved by her students and prayed for them, and still had contact with many of them. She remembered special things about each student.
In 1995 she moved to the Fredericksburg area and that’s when Linda McWhirt became her “adopted daughter” and she took wonderful care of her.
In 1997 she became a Chaplain with Market Place Ministries and served at McLane Mid-Atlantic for 12 years, retiring in December 2009.
She is survived by her brothers, Harold VanCleve, of Warsaw, IN and Donald VanCleve, and his wife, Deanna, of Longwood, FL; her sisters, Ruth Griswold, and her husband, Marshall, of Warsaw, IN and Lois Strum, of Hague, NY and Fredericksburg; she is survived by six nieces, Terrie Sahagun, of Syracuse, IN, Kathy Gast, of Claypool, IN, Barb Kiphart, of Warsaw, IN, Gena Kendall, of Warsaw, IN, Laurie Williamson, of Warsaw, IN, and Norma Strum of Fredericksburg; two nephews Tim Strum, of New Brighton, PA and Rich Strum of Ticonderoga, NY; 12 great nieces, 4 great nephews and one great-great niece; and her McLane Mid-Atlantic Family.
She spent most of her life serving the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ by teaching Sunday school, Vacation Bible School and small groups in the church and as a Chaplain.
A service will be held at 11 am Thursday, March 4 at Riverside First Church of God, with the Rev. Gerald Rodgers and the Rev. Matthew Taylor officiating. Burial will follow in Sunset Memorial Gardens.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 3 at Covenant Funeral Service, Fredericksburg.
Memorials may be made to Market Place Ministries, 2001 West Plano Parkway Suite 3200, Plano TX, 75075 or to Mary Washington Hospice 2012 Southpoint Pkway. Fredericksburg, VA 22407.